Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications.
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WILLMAR -- Jennifer Ann Jacobson, 45, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a first-degree controlled substance charge for her role in selling methamphetamine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant on Dec. 22. Under a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, two additional felony drug charges and a gross misdemeanor for child endangerment, plus two other first-degree drug sale charges from a September 2009 sale, will be dismissed. She will be sentenced April 14. Jacobson was one of three people charged in connection to the Dec.
Update: The sex charges against KC Shannon Johns of Rochester, Minn., listed in West Central Tribune stories published Aug. 28, 2009, and Sept. 3, 2009, were dismissed. The dismissal was filed March 3, 2010, by the Kandiyohi County Attorney's office and a West Central Tribune story on the dismissal was published on March 19, 2010.
WILLMAR -- Thomas Harold Kremer, 62, of Kandiyohi, made his first court appearance Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court on eight first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct charges for allegedly molesting two children. Unconditional bail was set at $150,000. Conditional bail was set at $75,000. Conditions include no contact with the alleged victims, exclusion from a Kandiyohi residence, compliance with no-contact orders and no possession of firearms.
WILLMAR -- A 25-year-old Willmar man made his first court appearance Tuesday on felony drug and weapons charges for allegedly possessing meth and an assault rifle when he was stopped by police Sunday afternoon. In Kandiyohi County District Court, Eric Flores faces charges for first-degree drugs - manufacture of methamphetamine, second-degree drug possession, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, plus misdemeanor charges of possession of dangerous weapons and driving after revocation. Unconditional bail was set at $300,000.
WILLMAR -- Travis Dean Ryks, 25, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Monday on a first-degree assault charge for allegedly shaking a 2-month-old baby and causing him life-threatening traumatic brain injury. Unconditional bail was set at $80,000 in Kandiyohi County District Court. Conditional bail was allowed for $5,000 cash, provided Ryks have no contact with the child, among other conditions. His next court appearance is March 29. According to court documentation, Ryks was taken into custody by officers around 8:40 a.m.
WILLMAR -- An arrest warrant has been issued for Travis Dean Ryks, 25, of Willmar, on a first-degree assault charge for allegedly shaking an infant and causing what doctors said is a life-threatening injury attributable to child abuse. The complaint against Ryks was filed -- and the warrant issued -- Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court.
WILLMAR -- Alfredo Encarnacion Hernandez, 22, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 58 months in prison and a $1,000 fine on a second-degree drug sale charge for possessing methamphetamine found during a search of an apartment. Hernandez pleaded guilty to the amended charge on Feb.
WILLMAR -- Kathleen Mary Huiras-Weber, 43, of New London, pleaded guilty Tuesday to an amended charge of fourth-degree drug sale for her role in selling methamphetamine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant. As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge was reduced from third-degree drug sale and four additional felony drug charges were dismissed. She will be sentenced April 15. Huiras-Weber is one of three people charged for selling meth to an informant. Troy Gordon Houdek, 48, of New London, was sentenced Jan.
NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer School Board continues to work through budget reductions for the 2010-11 school year. At the regular meeting Monday, the board also accepted two letters of retirement that will help the district make the reductions without cutting teacher jobs, according to Superintendent Paul Carlson.
WILLMAR -- Mowalid Muse Hirsi, 25, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 48 months in prison for robbing a man at knifepoint in November. Hirsi was given credit for 121 days already served in jail and ordered to pay $102 in restitution and a $50 fine. A jury found Hirsi guilty of first-degree aggravated robbery on Feb. 4 after a one-day trial in Kandiyohi County District Court. The charges were filed after a man called police around 2:40 a.m. Nov.